Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Inzamam step down as a chief selector of Pakistan cricket team

LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has decided to step down as a chief selector of Pakistan cricket team, after his contract expires on July 31. Inzamam was appointed in August 2016 and has decided not to renew his contract. “After more than three years as Pakistan men’s selection committee chairman, I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract,” said Inzamam while addressing the press conference here at Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

“I spoke to PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan on Monday and conveyed my decision to them separately. I also thanked them for backing and supporting the selection committee since taking over the reins of Pakistan cricket,” he added.

He wished the new chief of the selection committee and the Pakistan cricket team all the best in what will be exciting but competitive times in international cricket. “With the ICC World Test Championship due to get underway in September and the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the PCB to appoint a new chief selector, who can bring new ideas and fresh thinking.

He said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow selectors, who worked tireless behind the scenes, as well as captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur. I think we worked very well as a group, stayed together in difficult times, and continued to collectively move in the same direction.

“Pakistan cricket team has come a long way since the departures of stalwarts like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan in May 2017 and is now destined for improved results as the youngsters have grown in experience and stature. They are now ready to excel and perform consistently across the three formats.  “It has been a pleasure to see these players grow and make names for themselves in international cricket. I will follow their progress with interest because I firmly believe these players have all the ingredients to take the Pakistan cricket team to greater heights,” he added.

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